(Closed) Can someone please explain the logistics?

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
1057 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We’re getting married 12/18 and we’re waiting an entire week to go on our honeymoon because we want to be here for christmas. You can leave whenever you want! There’s no set timeline! 🙂

Post # 4
566 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m planning on waiting a few days to go on our honeymoon.  If I were you I’d go back to KY for a few days then go on your honeymoon, but it depends on finances and how many days off of work you can get.

Post # 5
1046 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I would go back to KY first because you’ll probably be traveling with a lot of things that you don’t want to take with you on the honeymoon. You could then go just a couple days later or wait longer if that would be better, depending on how much time off you have.

Post # 6
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

We got married in Michigan, live in DC and honeymooned on a cruise that left out of Florida. Our logistics went as follows:

12pm – (then) Fiance and best man drop luggage off at hotel downtown and do early check in

2pm – pictures start

5pm – ceremony

6pm – reception

10pm – Sparkler send-off

10:15pm – we get into the chauffered (by my Father-In-Law – supposed to be an uncle but there was a last minute change for some reasons that aren’t relevant; either way, I don’t recommend having your Father-In-Law drive you to the hotel, it’s awkward) car, he drops us off at a nice hotel downtown

10:35pm – arrive at hotel, go upstairs, shower, crash

7am – get up, shower (again, yes, it was a freaking nice shower!), eat breakfast

8am – Father-In-Law picks us up, takes my dress (which is now at my mom’s house), drops us off at the airport

10am flight to Florida

We stayed one night in a hotel in Florida, and then got on the cruise the next day (2nd day after the wedding). post-cruise, we flew home to DC from Florida directly.


The biggest downside for us was that we left so early the morning after the wedding, and live far enough away, that my parents opened all of our gifts for us, and wrote a list (yay google docs!) of who gave us what. My mom deposited all the money into my bank account for me, and the rest we’ll get when they drive down to visit us sometime this winter/spring. My dad made us a bed as a gift, so they were going to come down anyway.


BUT I highly recommend staying your first night (or two) in a nice hotel that’s local – and then leave for the honeymoon. I know some folks who got on a plane the same night as their reception, and they have generally said it was exhausting.

I also highly recommend checking your stuff into the hotel early – it saved a lot of stress over getting our suitcases from my house to the rental car, etc. I just had to keep out anything I wanted for getting ready and the wedding, and had a small tote that my Maid/Matron of Honor took care of for me. I assume she gave it to Mother-In-Law or somebody before the ceremony (maybe during pictures?) to put in the car, because it was gone after pictures were done, and waiting in the car.

Post # 7
5388 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

We are getting married, leaving for the honeymoon that night (our flight leaves at 5:30), and coming back a week later. Then when we get home we will spend one night and tell our parents bye and drive to our house (about 8 hours away).

Post # 8
10287 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Where Upstate, if you dont mind me asking?

We’re leaving for our honeymoon 2 weeks after our wedding but thats mainly because I’m able to split time off for our wedding and time off for our honeymoon between 2 years vacations through work. This is working out well for us. 

Even if we weren’t waiting 2 weeks, I still wouldn’t want to leave for my honeymoon right after our wedding. I’d be way to stressed having to deal with everything for the wedding and then have to deal with everything for the honeymoon immediately following. Doing this works for alot of people, but it wouldn’t work for us. 

Post # 9
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

We got married on a Saturday in IN, had a brunch Sunday morning with many of our guests, drove the rest of the day Sunday from IN to Dallas (with all of the wedding presents inthe back of the SUV), unloaded the car Sunday night, flew to Seattle on Monday, boarded our week-long Alaskan cruise on Tuesday and flew back to Dallas at the end of the cruise.

It made for a slightly busy Sunday but it really worked out very well.  This was the only reasonably feasible way to get our wedding presents from IN to TX and it was great to have 14 hours of one-on-one time in the car after all of the wedding festivities.

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